15 Feb 2018

The world’s largest library - Putting perspective into research design

The research design stage of a qualitative project often revolves around the research question. In fact, the key is to come up with a research design that will guarantee an answer to that question. The problem is that in doing so, we often forget to take in the bigger picture because our focus is too narrow.

Over time we often become ingrained in our approaches and forget the wealth of information out there, or even right under our noses. As students we are adept at finding (often free) resources, but often as we progress in our careers we forget those useful sites and sources.

But many of the answers we seek as researchers are already there – they are just hidden within existing research readily available from the world’s largest library (the web). Desk research puts your project into a broader context in order to guide the research design, and although it may seem boring, mundane and tedious, it’s an important, practical, and very valuable tool for researchers. And best of all? It’s free and readily available.

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Tagged: Qualitative Research, Big Data, Market Research, Qualitative Research Design, Desk Research

08 Jun 2017

AI and Automation

AI and Automation - More Time for the Good Stuff.

AI and Automation.  These are terms that were first associated with big data, then with structured data, and now with small unstructured data (read “qualitative”).  The capabilities of AI and automation are filtering into most aspects of the qualitative process.  And the result is qualitative research that is often cheaper, faster, and - recognizing that this word is subjective – better.  But more importantly, it opens the analyst’s time for the good stuff – solving the client problem.

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Tagged: Marketing Research, Qualitative Research, Big Data, Automation

28 Apr 2016

Why Qualitative Research is Necessary to Add Meaning to Big Data | New eBook

“Businesses are drowning in data but starving for insights. Worse, they have no systematic way to consistently turn data into action.”

-“Digital Insights Are the New Currency Of Business”, Forrester Research, April 2015 


“Big Data” is the term used to describe how advancing trends in technology will change the way information is delivered to businesses. A lot more data now exists. In fact, industry pundits note that 90% of the data that exists today was created in the last two years. And, with the sheer volume of social media and mobile data streaming in daily, businesses expect to use Big Data to aggregate all of this data, extract information from it, and identify value to clients and consumers.

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Tagged: Qualitative Research, Big Data, Market Research

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